Oakland, CA (population: 412,612) has thirteen CAD schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Martinez Adult Education, the highest ranked school in this group with a CAD program, has a total student population of 751. It is the 1325th highest ranked school in the USA and the 105th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
CAD students from Oakland schools who go on to become drafters, architects, computer aided designers, project architects, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 18,290 people working as drafters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $48,210. Also, Architectural and civil drafters make on average $47,710 per year and there are about 105,320 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,350 employed architectural and civil drafters earning an average salary of $62,620. Drafters in this area earn $66,600/yr and there are 160 employed.
Oakland lies in Alameda county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward Metropolitan area has 990,570 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $26/hr average worker wage, and a $54,590 average annual salary. Thus, about 0 out of every 1000 jobs in Oakland are held by drafters, and 1/1000 are held by architectural and civil drafters.
Of the 13 CAD schools with a 100-mile radius of Oakland, only 10 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova comes out as the most expensive ($22,447/yr) for CAD students, with De Anza College as the lowest, reported at only $3,899/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Oakland|
|San Leandro||CA||78,904||1||29.9223||11||5.6 miles|
|Castro Valley||CA||65,952||0||-||0||9.7 miles|
|San Francisco||CA||817,411||21||17.5697||455||12.6 miles|
|Walnut Creek||CA||64,055||0||-||0||13.3 miles|
|South San Francisco||CA||64,345||0||-||0||13.3 miles|
|San Mateo||CA||93,990||1||15.1982||101||15.3 miles|
|Union City||CA||76,462||1||13.7752||0||16.1 miles|
|Santa Clara||CA||112,889||4||29.9373||188||30.9 miles|
|San Jose||CA||977,893||9||20.6572||297||38.3 miles|
|Santa Cruz||CA||57,690||2||37.6705||80||56.2 miles|
|West Sacramento||CA||50,542||1||29.8049||4||65.7 miles|